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Three's Company

We [at the Washington Correction Center for Women] now have three women to a room -- in a space too small for two women. They simply moved in a top bunk on one side of the room. The number of women here has increased by 20 percent (from 500-623) since I arrived last year, but we have actually lost 200 beds due to the construction [renovation] going on.

The stress level and irritation level is very high. Also, due to the third bunk, the guards have a lot of trouble "seeing flesh" during the 12:00 a.m., 3:00 a.m., and 6:00 a.m. counts, so we are all being sleep deprived almost every night.


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